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UESF UBC Trainings: August 12 or 13, 2015


UESF members at a breakout session during a UBC training last school year.

Choose Either Day: Wednesday, August 12 or Thursday, August 13
SEIU 1021 (350 Rhode Island St., enter from Kansas)
4-6 pm
Dinner included

All UESF site leaders and activists are encouraged to start the year off right by attending one of UESF’s beginning of the year UBC trainings.

The information-packed trainings will cover all of the essential to-dos for UBCs as the school year gets underway, an interactive session on how to make the union more relevant to you, and a section for Elementary School leaders on how to implement Prep periods at your sites.

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Deadline Extended: Apply Today for UESF CTE Project Director Position

Thanks to generous support from the American Federation of Teachers, UESF is happy to announce the new year-long position of CTE Project Director, as part of our partnership with the district to teach the nation’s first K-12 computer science curriculum to all SFUSD students.

UESF enthusiastically supports this groundbreaking work for its focus on equity for San Francisco students and professional opportunities for teachers. We recognize that computer science knowledge is a new “basic skill” for 21st century jobs, particularly in the Bay Area, and are committed to helping teachers develop the skills, knowledge, and credentials they need for this program to be successful.

Working closely with the District chief of staff, Human Resources Department, the Office of Curriculum and Instruction, and the Office of College and Career Readiness the educator hired to this position will develop the training and support that teachers need, with a specific focus on middle school teachers.

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UESF Area Representative Positions Now Open – $40 Per Hour

UESF is looking new Area Representatives for next school year. Area Representatives work with the UESF Communications Director and with UESF Staff Representatives to help school site leaders organize and to support effective Union Building Committees.

The part-time position (20 hours per month) pays $40 per hour and is perfect for recent retirees who served as Building Reps or on Union Building Committees, or current members who are ready to take the next step in their activism.

Contact Communications Director Matthew Hardy at 956-8373 or mhardy [at] uesf [dot] org for more information. No formal resume is required, however, applicants will be asked to list their relevant union, volunteer, and organizing experience and to interview for the position.

Initial interviews will take place on Thursday, August 6th from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Positions will be filled as soon as possible. For a complete job description click here.

Make it Fair California!

Time to Close Corporate Loopholes, Invest in Public Education, and Rebuild California 

Make it Fair California, a new movement that aims to place a measure on the state ballot in November 2016 to close the corporate commercial property tax loopholes found in Prop. 13. UESF’s state affiliates, the CFT and the CTA, have signed on as Executive Committee supporters.

The Make It Fair campaign is dedicated to closing the commercial property tax loopholes so we can invest in strengthening our schools and other important local priorities, such as housing.

The educators, unions, and community groups behind the Make it Fair movement believe that it is important to retain protections for homeowners, renters, and small business owners. Unfortunately, some big corporations and wealthy commercial property owners are using loopholes in the law to avoid paying their fair share in taxes. This means California is losing billions in revenue every year that could be used to make our communities better places to live and work.

In fact, Make it Fair estimates that San Francisco County alone could receive an additional $691 million a year if the measure were to pass.

For more information, and to sign and share the online petition in support of this important reform, go to www.makitfair.com.

Hearing on Prop 13 Reform July 10th

Thanks to all of the UESF members who testified about the great need to make our tax system fair at Assembly member Phil Ting’s Prop. 13 hearing on July 10th, including Sheridan Elementary teacher Darcie Blackburn who spoke eloquently about the need for more services for our students, and the importance of reducing class sizes. Darcie, who also did an interview with KCBS, also spoke about the need to fully fund education so that every student can receive the individualized attention that they deserve.

UESF Election Results: New President for UESF

Moscone Elementary Teacher Lita Blanc to Assume Leadership July 1

On May 19th, the Elections Committee of the United Educators of San Francisco certified that Moscone Elementary teacher Lita Blanc has been elected president of the union, narrowly defeating incumbent Dennis Kelly.

Lita Blanc has been a bilingual teacher in the San Francisco Unified School District for over 28 years, serving the students and families at Moscone Elementary. An educator and activist with nearly three decades of experience, Lita has served as Building Representative at her school, on the UESF organizing team, and as a member of the San Francisco Labor Council.

“I’m honored to be given this opportunity by the educators of San Francisco to serve as union president,” says Lita Blanc. “We look forward to working with all UESF members and the San Francisco community to protect public education and to get the resources that our students and our educators deserve.” Continue reading

Attention All Paras: Critical PARS Settlement Information

To full-time (20+hours/week) Paraprofessionals who were employed any time during June 21, 2003 and October 11, 2011.

This is an update and reminder about the class action settlement for paraprofessionals who were enrolled in the PARS Target Benefit Plan. 

On Monday, May 18, the settlement administrator mailed your claim forms.  Your completed claims forms must be postmarked by July 17, 2015.  If you do not submit a claim form in time you will not receive a settlement check.

If you have not received a claim form at your home address by Wednesday, May 27, you should call the Settlement Claim Administrator at 1-844-280-2680.

The Settlement Claims Administrator has also set up a website which contains all the information you need, and also allows you to submit questions by email through the website. The website address is:

www.paraprofessionalsettlement.com

If you have any questions about the process or how to fill out your claim forms, you should call the Settlement Claims Administrator at 1-844-280-2680.  Because the settlement is being administered professionally by a company approved by the court, questions should be directed to the claim administrator and not to UESF.

Learn from hidden history in Fall CCSF class

California Labor History Class
CCSF Mission Campus
2015 Fall Semester – 6:30 pm Wednesdays
Register online

As we confront a San Francisco with growing economic inequalities, history offers lessons.

In “California Labor History,” a three unit San Francisco City College course offered at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday evenings at Mission Campus, Room 154, 1125 Valencia Street, beginning August 19, you learn that the fight for a more equitable society stretches back through the 1934 San Francisco General Strike—the most important event most people have never heard of—to the Mission era.  You will also find this history explains quite a bit about what’s happening now.

Taught by CFT communications director Fred Glass, the class places UESF’s parent organizations, the NEA and AFT, in historical context, and contemporary union struggles and issues within the broader stream of labor history.  The class readings, films, guest speakers and discussions showcase efforts by California’s working people for dignity, economic security, and civil rights. 

Teachers and paras who have taken the course note that it provides a space tucked away from the rest of their often hectic lives to reflect on working in a unionized educational workplace.  Class discussions are lively, and the oral history assignment often turns up surprising things about students’ own unions and family histories. Continue reading

Congratulations to the 2015 UESF Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 UESF student scholarships! This year UESF is happy to report that scholarship offerings ranged from $500 to to $5,000 per student, recognizing the increase costs of a college education.

Abraham Hernandez
June Jordan HS
Norma Mitchell Hardy Grant

Alexia Julissa Santiago Sanchez
Balboa HS
Joan Marie Shelley Scholarship

Bally Lee
Washington HS
UESF Educational Grant

Christopher Emelife
Lincoln HS
Richard Darrington Memorial Scholarship

Hugo Wonderley De Souza
Mission HS
Kent Mitchell Scholarship

Ivette Corral
Lincoln HS
James E. Ballard Scholarship

2016 scholarships will be posted online in April 2016.